Reds boss Flitcroft relishes being in “world’s best competion”

David Flitcroft: Big fan of the FA Cup
David Flitcroft: Big fan of the FA Cup
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BARNSLEY boss David Flitrcroft believes the FA Cup is the best competition in the world.

And Flitcroft would love it if his side are in the draw for the fifth round come tomorrow night.

The Reds, unbeaten in their last three matches, travel to Championship promotion-chasers Hull today knowing victory, in what promises to a mouthwatering derby clash, would see them progress a step further.

“It’s [the FA Cup] the best competition in the world,” said Flitcroft. “Apart from the Champions League which I love, well, I was brought up watching the FA Cup. It has that fairytale to it with the opportunity to get to Wembley.

“I believe in the impossible, but it’s up to you to make it happen. It’s really important we go there with a full strength squad and give the best account of ourselves.”

Flitcroft will be without three injured players for the clash with the Tigers: midfielder Stephen Dawson is missing with ankle ligament damage, defender Jimmy McNulty sidelined with a knee problem and midfielder Paul Digby still absent with a thigh/groin injury. However, winger Jim O’Brien returned to training this week having recovered from a dead leg.

The Reds were beaten 1-0 away by Tigers in the league earlier this season and have not beaten their hosts away since August 2006, a 3-2 win.

Meanwhile, Flitcroft revealed he has spoken to former Reds boss Keith Hill, who has now returned to management with the duo’s former club Rochdale.

“Hilly was always wanting to get back into management as soon as he could,” said Flitcroft.

“The guy loves being part of the day-to-day running of a football club.”